Communicating with someone who has Alzheimer’s disease

A friend told me that she she didn’t feel comfortable with the fact that she seemed to be repeatedly correcting her mother. when it was time to eat, she would insist that he had just eaten and then she watched her mother become frustrated and angry. She finally realized that something had to change; and that something was her. She simply had to change her attitude towards her mother. . . written by Bob DeMarco.

The caregiver of an Alzheimer’s disease patient has to to decrease his/her stress as well as that of the person he/she is taking care of. If I tell my patient that it is time to take a shower, and he says; “I have just taken a shower,” it is not advisable to correct him even though it is a natural reaction.  How about trying something else? Ask the patient which perfume she likes best or which soap to use; liquid or a bar. That way, she will be distracted and no longer insist that she had just showered. Showertime will no longer be a battle of wills, and can even be a pleasant experience for them both.

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Author of books and articles on support and experiences of living with a mentally ill family member. My aim in blogging is to let others see how a loving family, with a father and husband who is able to give unconditional love, can help the family cope. Many call me the blogging grandma.'

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  1. Elaine Benton

    I used similar techniques with my mother. She would repeatedly ask when dinner was about 2 hours prior, so to keep her occupied and distracted from this repetitive question that was like the needle getting stuck in a groove of an old vinyl record, I would get her to help me lay the table, or tell her what I was going to make for dinner and discuss recipes. Using gentle tactics to change the subject, was very helpful, making things a little easier for me, and leaving my mother in a happy state with her dignity in tact.


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